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All Quotes by author - Sayed Kashua
" After five years of marriage, she is still the most beautiful and attractive woman in the world. "
" All in all, we Muslims have only two holidays, and they're always getting moved around from season to season, from month to month, because we're dependent on the moon and not the sun, and unlike the Jews, we haven't created a leap year, so we have no Adar Bet. "
" All Israelis think Arabs steal cars. "
" A lot of my friends in my student days complained about how their parents made them play an instrument when they were kids. I always felt compassion for them and didn't believe a parent could be so cruel, but when I check today, those complaining friends grew up to be quite successful, and many of them are now making their children play. "
" Americans are connected to the situation in the West Bank and Gaza and Israel because, generally speaking, Jewish Americans were always there, and many American Jewish people connect their nationality to the Israeli one. "
" Americans like to add the word 'super' when they're describing things. "
" 'Arab Labor' was light, snappy. We got emotional over things, but from a safe place, from the terrace. "
" As I see it, religion shouldn't interfere in a relationship. "
" A trip to Tel Aviv is a ritual. I always wear the same clothes to Tel Aviv: black pants and a blue-checked shirt that I bought especially from Ralph Lauren. "
" Back in Israel, I would spend much effort and plenty of money on presents when I went abroad, even if it was only for two days. "
" Christmas is relentless. It's around the clock. I sit with my little ones in front of the TV screen, and we watch movie after movie after movie. "
" Everything in London is quite good, apart from the weather: it's cold and rainy there, and the winter is long. "
" For one moment, after I left Jerusalem with my family for life in Illinois, I thought that maybe there's still a chance: maybe there are still enough people in Israel who refuse to rule and oppress another nation. "
" How I'd like to start a new life in a distant land. Not because of racism or politics. But to be in a place that I knew hardly anything about, in a place where I wouldn't even care to know the prime minister's name. A place where names and faces would have no meaning for me. "
" I always envied them, the owners of the cars with the white plates who can be seen around Jerusalem. I always wanted to be one of them. We call them U.N., even though U.N. are generally foreign correspondents with leased cars and yellow plates. "
" I always see my wife as the clever one, as the wise one in the family. "
" I began to write, believing that all I had to do to change things would be to write the other side, to tell the stories that I heard from my grandmother. "
" I can never get to sleep without a book. "
" I conduct all my nighttime activities under the assumption that my wife is awake, that she never falls asleep. "
" I couldn't lie anymore to my kids telling them that they are equal citizens in the state of Israel. They cannot be equal because in order to fit in and to be accepted and to be a citizen in Israel, you need a Jewish mother. "
" I don't know how it works with the Jews, but here in Beit Safafa, as in every self-respecting Arab community that is respected in turn by the state, there are no street names and no house numbers. "
" I don't like identity. We accept identities in Israel. We make them holy. But what does identity really mean? "
" I don't really wake up in the morning and say, 'Ohmigod, I'm a Palestinian in a Jewish state.' I wake up in the morning and say, 'Ohmigod, I have to make sandwiches for my kids.' "
" If there was genuine desire on the Israeli side, even without a solution, it would be possible to solve a large percentage of the problems between Israelis and Palestinians by means of simple statements from the Israelis. "
" I hate flying. The first time I flew with my wife, Najat, was the first time I'd ever flown in my life, and that was just a short flight to Turkey. I spent the whole time with my shirt pulled over my head. Then I got used to it. "
" I hate it when I have to abandon my children. I politely turn down most of the invitations I get from abroad and try to fly only when it's absolutely necessary. "
" I'm afraid of a gas leak, although I installed detectors. I'm afraid of a blown fuse that could cause a fire, and that's why I don't turn on electrical appliances at night. "
" I'm always sad when Dad doesn't like my columns. He waits for them every week and usually likes them, in which case he doesn't say a word - it's only if he's critical that he bothers to call. "
" I'm not representing anyone - not Israelis, not Palestinians - I'm just a storyteller trying to raise more questions than give answers. "
" I'm totally secular, but I'm scared like hell of God. "
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